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Publisher: REpower Systems AG, abakus solar AG, abakus solar AG

REpower Systems AG contracted for Beatrice wind farm

Hamburg, 16th June 2005. REpower Systems AG has signed a supply contract for
the Beatrice wind farm demonstrator project with Talisman Energy (UK) Limited
and Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) for the design and construction of two of
its 5M-type wind energy turbines. With a nominal output of five megawatts, the
REpower 5M is currently the biggest wind energy turbine in the world and has
been designed with deepwater wind farm operations in mind. REpower, a leading
company in the wind energy sector, will likely assemble both turbines next summer.
The turbines will be installed later that year in a water depth of approximately
40 metres next to the Talisman-operated Beatrice oilfield 25 kilometres off
the east coast of Scotland in the Moray Firth. The demonstrator is an integral part
of the EU-promoted EUR 30 million “DOWNVInD” (Distant Offshore Windfarms
with No Visual Impact in Deepwater) project, Europe’s largest renewable energy
research and technology development programme. Talisman and SSE are coordinating
the project, which also involves a number of other research organisation
and companies from throughout Europe. REpower is the exclusive turbine
Both REpower 5M turbines are being built specifically for offshore use for the first
time. The prototype of the REpower 5M already exists onshore: the turbine was inaugurated
in Brunsbüttel in Schleswig-Holstein in February 2005 and has produced
4.3 million kilowatt hours of electricity until May, which corresponds to the requirements
of around 1,200 households.
The CEO of REpower Systems AG, Prof. Dr. Fritz Vahrenholt says, “The future of
wind energy in Europe is offshore. Therefore, we have a particular interest in REpower
being involved in ‘DOWNViND’ which is currently the biggest European
development project for renewable energy and for which we are assembling two 5-
megawatt turbines for Talisman. Our 5M, the outstanding result of German engineering
and the smooth cooperation of suppliers, is running impressively on land
and soon also in the sea. In a couple of years, offshore-windparks with many thousands
of megawatts of output will produce electric power at competitive prices.”
Talisman Project Director Allan MacAskill adds: “We chose REpower as a partner
because their experience and skills give us access to the very latest in turbine technology;
the REpower 5M is a milestone in the development of wind energy turbines
and is critical to the success of the demonstrator project.”
About REpower:
REpower Systems AG is active in the sunrise market of wind power. The company's range of business serv ices
includes the system development, licensing, production and marketing of wind turbines. This is supplemented
by a comprehensive after sales service. Because of its presence in the decisive stages of the value creation
chain, REpower has powerful overall competence in wind energy. With more than 560 employees, the company
headquartered in Hamburg can rely on its experience in the production and installation of more than
1000 wind turbines worldwide. The high-quality, technologically sophisticated turbines are designed in the
development centre in Rendsburg and produced in the plants in Husum (North Frisia) and Trampe (Brandenburg).
The internationally expanding company is represented through subsidiary companies and joint ventures
in France, Greece, Great Britain, Italy, Portugal and Spain as well as in Canada and Australia.

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